The Association for the Rights of Household an Farm Workers (ADDPD/ARHW) is a non-profit community organization founded in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Our mission is to ensure that the work done in private households and farms is recognized, respected and valued.
Through legal action and associated research and education/advocacy activities, the ARHW works to ensure the recognition and respect of the rights of household and farm workers in Quebec and in Canada.
Canada relies heavily on (im)migrant workers to perform work in private households and farms, therefore the ARHW believes that securing fair and decent work conditions for household and farm workers cannot be achieved without a deep-seated reform of Canada’s immigration policies and regulations.
THE RIGHT TO CHANGE EMPLOYERS FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD AND FARM WORKERS
Under the current Temporary Foreign Workers Program, subprograms for Caregivers and Mexican and Caribbean Agricultural Workers, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household or farm workers in Canada but may only work for (a) specific employer(s). However in order to allow for their exercise of fundamental and employment rights in Canada, all (im)migrant household and farm workers must be admitted under open work permits.
THE RIGHT TO FAMILY UNITY FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD AND FARM WORKERS
Under the current Temporary Foreign Workers Program, subprograms Mexican and Caribbean Agricultural Workers, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household or farm workers in Canada but are not able to obtain study or work permits for their children and/or partner. All immigration programs must respect the fundamental right to family unity, essential for respecting these workers’ fundamental right to psychological integrity.
THE RIGHT TO INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO PERMANENT STATUS UPON ARRIVAL FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD WORKERS
Under the current Caregiver Programs, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household workers in Canada but are temporarily or permanently excluded from access to permanent legal status. All (im)migrant household workers must be granted access to permanent legal status upon arrival so that they can have meaningful access to justice in Canada.
UNBIASED RECRUITMENT/PLACEMENT SERVICES AND EFFECTIVE REGULATION
Fraud committed by recruitment/placement agencies, both abroad and within Canada, greatly contributes to the exploitation and abuse of (im)migrant household and farm workers. The regulation of these agencies falls in part under provincial jurisdiction. In order to minimize the risk of debt bondage for (im)migrant household and farm workers, the Federal and Provincial governments must provide to potential (im)migrant workers free unbiased international recruitment and placement services, and in parallel regulate and monitors efficiently all international labor brokers.
BETTER PROTECTION FOR HOUSEHOLD AND FARM WORKERS
Household and farm workers are unique groups who do not have equal protection under Québec’s health and safety plan. The Association insist that ALL household and farm workers should be automatically protected in case of a work accident and/or employment illness and uniquely targeted for government-funded health and safety at work prevention initiatives.